The ultimate Christmas gift guide

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Find the perfect Christmas presents for your friends and family with our gift guide

If it’s beginning to feel a lot like you haven’t done any Christmas shopping, then consider this your seasonal secular gifting bible. We’ve scoured the capital’s high streets and its best independent retailers for a selection of original items that will survive into the new year. We’ve also tried to make sure there’s something here to suit all budgets, so you can spend your cash on what Christmas is really all about: turkey and getting merry. Happy shopping! Photos by Rob Greig.

For tricky customers who aren’t interested unless their present has an ‘i’ in front of it, here’s a top tech round-up – it’s the most fun you can have with your wi-fi on…




  • iPad mini, £269

    A tablet that’s small, light and chic: it’s the new Apple of your eye.
    Apple Store (0800 048 040).

  • Diane von Fürstenberg headphones, £49

    Sport the most stylish cans in town.
    Shopbop.

  • HTC 8X, free on £33 per month contract

    The latest smartphone software with the best and coolest hardware.
    Vodafone.

  • Scuderia S100i headphones, £99

    Sound great, look great: Specially for go-faster types.
    Ferrari at Selfridges (0800 123 400).

  • Nike+ FuelBand, £129

    This wristband measures your exercise levels (and it knows when you’re not working!).
    Nike (020 7612 0800).

  • Grippy Pad, £6.99

    Make sure your phone stays secure on the car dashboard.
    Firebox (020 7704 6222).

  • Neostar Tape Express, £24.95

    Convert your old mixtapes to MP3s.
    MySmartBuy (01794 527450).

  • Huawei 4G mobile wi-fi, free with £25.99 contract

    Connect your tablet, PC or phone to the internet with faster-than-lightning data speeds on the 4G network.
    EE (020 7704 6222).

  • Vitra mouse mat, £20.40

    A white elephant (for your mouse).
    Twentytwentyone (020 7288 1996).

  • ‘Doctor Who’ Sonic Screwdriver remote control, £59.99

    Change TV channels while repelling Daleks.
    Firebox.

  • Jawbone Big Jambox, £259.99

    Play music from your mobile with this battery-powered Bluetooth speaker.
    John Lewis (08456 049049).

  • Sphero, £99

    Waterproof, pet-proof, the remote-controlled Sphero is steered by your smartphone for lots of grin-inducing fun.
    Amazon.

  • Fitbit Zip, £49.99

    Fitness monitors don’t come smaller or brighter. Clip it to your belt and it’ll record your every step.
    Firebox.

Blow the budget!

  • Sony RX100, £550

    A tiny camera with a big, big, big sensor!
    Sony (08705 111999).

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